If you have just a little extra money, consider making a donation to Second Harvest Food Bank.

The summer months are a difficult time as the nonprofit organization tries to help the increasing number of individuals and families in need. Also during the summer, children are out of school without the benefit of school meals.

Every $10 donated will help provide food for 28 meals.

To make a donation, call Second Harvest at (504) 734-1322 or go to www.no-hunger.org.

And you can also mail your donation to the Second Harvest office, 700 Edwards Ave., Harahan, LA, 70123.

Tournament raises funds

The Al Copeland Foundation’s Charity Golf Classic held recently raised more than $63,000 for cancer research at Lakewood Golf Club.

The sixth annual tournament included more than 40 teams and more than 180 golfers. Proceeds from the event help to support the prevention and treatment of viral cancers through a partnership with the foundation and the LSU Health Sciences Center.

Through various events, the foundation has raised more than $800,000. The Copeland/LSU Partnership in Cancer, Viruses and Immunotherapy grew out of the $1 million Al Copeland/Cancer Crusaders Endowed Chair. The partnership is exclusively focused on how to prevent cancer, provide better treatment and eventually cure cancers caused by viruses.

“My father would be so proud of all that we have accomplished and especially with this year’s golf tournament,” said Al Copeland Jr., chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Al Copeland Investments. “Every year, this event grows, and it’s a great way to raise funds for local cancer research while having a good time.”

Al Copeland Sr. died from a malignant salivary gland tumor in 2008. He was 64.

Some of this year’s golf tournament sponsors included Voiron Companies, the New Orleans Saints, Fidelity Homestead Savings Bank, LSU Health Sciences Center and Diversified Foods and Seasonings.

New director

The Jefferson Parish Human Services Authority recently named Joseph Bodenmiller as the director of its behavioral health and community-based and specialty services division.

Bodenmiller began his career at JPHSA in 2007 and most recently served in the role of director of child/adolescent community-based and specialty services. He is a resident of New Orleans.

JPHSA provides primary care and behavioral health services and developmental disabilities services and support to children, adults and families who are residents of Jefferson Parish.

For more information, call (504) 349-8833 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. Also, the JPHSA mobile crisis team may be reached nights, weekends and holidays at (504) 832-5123.

Eva Jacob Barkoff writes about the people and events on the east bank of Jefferson Parish. She can be reached at ejbarkoff@gmail.com or by calling (504) 430-8053.